Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution


"Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States ."


I believe this is something everyone can believe in regardless of political party affilliation. Please pass this on to everyone you know. More on this tomorrow.


I could not find a picture that worked - so I decided to go with funny.

10 comments:

The power of the people said...

THIS PICTURE IS OK BOBBY.
Would you please answer my question? please! you have my personal e-mail. I also have another one, but I send you that one too if you dont mind
Mary

BobbyWC said...

mary you can send me anything - and the people who need to know of our offer know - I am not sure where the battle is going at this time

Bobby wc

Stan said...

Hmm.. Senatorial and congressional salaries are on an autopilot growth pattern by law right now .. apply that law generally, too?

Cool as it sounds, I don't know that we need to mess with the founding document to achieve this. Better reporting and wider awareness of what our representative bodies are up to would serve us better.

But that would require lively journalism, which we're unsure how to fund since the internet wiped out newspapers, and an engaged citizenry, which we've been killing off by various means, bad education and fascist media among them.

Who has proposed this amendment?

BobbyWC said...

Stan, I am normally on the side of not amending the constitution - in this climate it would be too easy to destroy the document with bogus amendments.

But on this limited issue it sends a message of no privilege and I think that is a message which needs to be sent,

Besides the debate could force members of congress to take sides which in effect could kill their careers

Bobby WC

BobbyWC said...

Stan, I am normally on the side of not amending the constitution - in this climate it would be too easy to destroy the document with bogus amendments.

But on this limited issue it sends a message of no privilege and I think that is a message which needs to be sent,

Besides the debate could force members of congress to take sides which in effect could kill their careers

Bobby WC

BobbyWC said...

Stan, I am normally on the side of not amending the constitution - in this climate it would be too easy to destroy the document with bogus amendments.

But on this limited issue it sends a message of no privilege and I think that is a message which needs to be sent,

Besides the debate could force members of congress to take sides which in effect could kill their careers

Bobby WC

Stan said...

Can we have unprivileged representation? Election to public office is an elevation above mere citizenship. Do we want citizens to feel disobliged to come forward when called as the bankers did a few weeks ago when summoned by an oversight committee?

Anonymous said...

Good afternoon Bobby,
I am not seeing all of my comments, just some. What is happening?
Mary

BobbyWC said...

mary all of your comments are getting through as far as I know - google has a major problem with letting spam through - it is very time consuming to reject all of the spam so I do it in bulk

what could be happening is when I do a bulk delete if your post slips in at that moment or for that matter anyone elses post it will be accidently deleted.

I see the posts two ways - in my e-mail which has them all coming through as spam, and in what is called a dashboard used by the blogger. I process every post I see which is not a spam - all the spams are coming through on a very old comment so it is easy to see which are which.

I then go to the dashboard and delete the remainder of the comments - but if as I am doing that a comment comes through it will get deleted - I will try and be more careful in the future

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

BWC, I thought this may add to the discussion.

Obama Economic Adviser Says U.S. Should Consider 'Value-Added Tax'

NYPost.com

Acknowledging it would be a highly unpopular move, White House economic adviser Paul Volcker said Tuesday the United States should consider imposing a "value-added tax" similar to those charged in Europe to help get the deficit under control.

A value-added tax is a national sales tax that, like state and city sales taxes, would be collected by retailers.

Volcker, a former Federal Reserve chairman, told a New York panel on the global financial crisis that such a tax is "not as toxic an idea as it has been in the past."

"If, at the end of the day, we need to raise taxes, we should raise taxes," he said.

He also said that Congress might also have to consider new taxes on carbon and energy.

A White House official asked for comment, said, "The president has passed historic tax cuts for middle-class families and continues to push for more tax cuts. The president is not proposing to cut the deficit at the expense of middle-class families."

The value-added tax suggestion was immediately met with outrage by Republicans.

"It shouldn't surprise anyone that the Obama White House would advocate a European-style tax to help finance their European-style government health-care plan," said Brian Walsh, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee.


My Note: "In the end, if we have to raise taxes" - This comment makes the presumption that we operate at 100% effeciency.